Pictograph Cave State Park, Billings

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Pictograph Cave State Park is home to naturally eroded marine sandstone. These rock shelters were used by native people who created rock art painted up to 2,145 years ago and perhaps earlier. In our 'green' designed Visitor's Center, you can learn about artifacts left behind for over 4,500 years. Located just five miles southeast of Billings, this 23 acre park features walking trails, picnic grounds and interpretive trail stations; everything you need for a fun and educational get away!

This unique place is a site of spirit writing and believed to be used by different native tribes for ceremonial and vision quest purposes. For the entire time people have painted on the walls of this cave, rain water and snow-melt have leached through the sandstone depositing soluble minerals on the cave wall and images. Then, when heavy rains or snowmelt occur, the water saturates the sandstone and that veil of minerals will lift and the images beneath become more visible. While on a dry day you may see 10-15 pictographs, on very wet ones, 30-40 images seem to appear directly from the rock. The Crow people say these images are drawn by the spirits, and whichever ones you see are meant to give you a personal message.
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  • We were driving back to MI from Yellowstone and saw this on the map and decided to stop. "I" loved it. the teens in the car weren't as impressed. No, you will NOT see any highly preserved...  more »
  • I wouldn't go out of my way to visit, but if you are in Bilings and have a little bit of extra time, you can have a pleasant hour. The park is very small, there is a loop trail bringing you to the...  more »
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  • Great place to see some history! Family friendly trail. We had 5 small children ranging in ages from 2-9 years old, and everyone was able to hike up the side walks and trails to see the caves. A lot of the paintings were hard to see, but the ones painted in red were still visible! Highly recommend seeing this piece of history!
  • Wow wow wow breathtaking , beautiful place. Bring a water bottle. Binoculars so you can see better. Watch out for snakes .. Beautiful place . I loved it. It very informative. $6.00 for out of state visitors.. GREAT PLACE..

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